The second Project Ukraine coaching camp is set to take place in England, with efforts directed towards supporting young Ukrainian golfers affected by the ongoing war in their homeland.
The initiative, created by nine women from The R&A's Women in Golf Leadership Programme, aims at helping talented Ukrainian golfers who have been forced to flee their country. 13 young golfers from the Ukrainian Golf Federation, residing both in Ukraine and around the world, will participate in the engaging programme, taking place from 26 June to 1 July at the MacDonald Portal Golf and Spa Resort in Scotland.
The camp includes diverse activities, such as a visit to the Betfred British Masters, coaching sessions with top quality golf coaches, an event with local juniors that will also raise funds for the project, and ample practice opportunities.
The project’s success last year, with seven Ukrainian golfers being coached in Scotland, motivated Veronika Rastvortseva, a participant from last year’s cohort, to initiate this year’s event. The project has received critical support from PING, who have contributed golf equipment and clothing to enhance the camp’s resources.
Since golf is relatively new in Ukraine, this initiative represents a significant development to enhance the game’s growth in the country. Project Ukraine provides a unique opportunity for young golfers to learn and attain skills while creating memorable experiences. The organisers aim to provide a platform to showcase the young golfers' talents, raising awareness and giving hope to those affected by the ongoing war.
Veronika, from Project Ukraine, said: "As someone who has witnessed the devastating effects of the war in my homeland, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to support young Ukrainian golfers through Project Ukraine. This initiative has the power to bring hope and change lives."
Jackie Davidson, Director of Golf Development at The R&A, said: "We are pleased to support Project Ukraine for a second year. This initiative is important in so many ways and aligns perfectly with our mission to develop and enhance the game of golf globally. We look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on these talented young golfers."